There’s nothing like a few coats of paint and a little wax to breathe life into an old piece of furniture! A paintbrush is like a magic wand… turning something we would never think of putting in our home into a grand piece of furniture that becomes the centerpiece of a room! I found this very ugly old hutch with marvelous arched glass doors. It was a solid wood piece so heavy with dirt and cobwebs… but there was something I immediately fell in love with! So with a little paint I coaxed the true beauty out of this ugly duckling! Here is how it looked before…
And here is the after…
I painted it a neutral color, using many coats of paint and a couple of washes! I hoped it would work well with the Curlacue chest also in the living room. The inside of the hutch is now white and I removed the window grids on the glass front of the cabinet. I have not styled it yet, only added a few white pieces so there was something in it.
Here’s a close up of the color… this is the side of the hutch. I started by painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cocoa. After two coats… I gave it a color wash in Pure White and then a color wash in Varsailles. Followed by clear wax, dark wax and a slug of clear wax and Versailles. And finally a dry brush of Varsailles and Old Ochre.
Here’s a little more hutch detail…
Decorating is somewhat like a snowball rolling down a steep hill. When you change one thing… you see something else that needs changed too! I have a few more “improvements” to be made to the living room now that the hutch is “almost” done! Yes, almost!
I’m thinking about painting a chevron or geometric design on the back of the inside of the cabinet. If I don’t like it, I’ll repaint it again!
I’ll be sharing a detailed tutorial of how I painted the hutch next week.
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